Roads Of Sand

Monday, September 6, 2021
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In the early days of the horseless carriage, a plank road was built through the deserts of Imperial County, California, USA. Thousands of planks were laid horizontally in an attempt to access that most difficult part of a commerce route from San Diego, California, to Yuma, Arizona. However, because of the shifting sands, it was difficult to stay on the path. Being built in segments, parts of the planking could be moved to accommodate the incredible movement of the sand. To make sure one reached the destination, it was important to stay on the path, but the shifting sands covered much of it so often that the roadway was soon given up for a better, less sandy route, one that would hold true and assure the drivers of their arrival.

In our present world, where there once was one road with traditional moral standards, there now seems to be a plethora of options to take us off course. The world can discreetly take a standard and make it vague over a period of time, much like the sand concealing Arizona's plank road. On the other hand, God's ways do not change and are not vague. We can be sure of His path and the light that He shines on it.

Some obvious truths are found in the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-21) that God carved into stone for Moses. Those commands, simple as they are, still hold true for a Christian's way of life today. Thinking of stealing? Or lying? Or adultery? Think again. These truths are to set our feet on a rock-solid foundation so that we won't get lost, and to assure us, as travellers in this temporary life, of living a better life, not being stuck in the sands of sin.

Here are a couple of simple examples of such commands.

Are you unsure of the god you follow? Maybe there's another way to heaven? Not according to Jesus, Who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6 NKJV)

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27 NKJV) God has made us like Himself! In this verse, He repeated that fact so that it might sink in. Let's be the best of who He made us to be. Let's not get lost on pathways covered by the sands of this world, that we might be something less.

These are just some of the directives that God has given us. They are like the painted lines on a highway, there to keep us safe. They are given to improve our lives, not to press us down and burden us. God's plans are intended to prosper us and not to harm us.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)

Let's stay true to God's way, even if it takes some digging to reveal His truths to us. Let's hide His Word in our hearts, that we might not sin against Him.

Prayer: Holy Father, Your Word is a light to our feet. As we read Scripture, may Your Holy Spirit speak Your truths to us. May we know Your ways, that we may live to bless You. In the power of Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing, Terry.

    Amen and amen! Thanks for sharing how easy it is to drift off the pathway! Blessings.

    Thanks for some excellent theology here, Terry with some solid images from nature. Great reminders.

    Terry, you packed a wealth of valuable truth in this devotional. Praise the Lord for the straight, simple path laid out for those who love Jesus.

    Thanks, Terry, for today’s devotion.
    I like it very much and it teaches me to stay on the straight road.

    Good morning, Terry
    Thank you for your message today. Good to remember we do not have to lose our way.
    God bless.

    This has been one of the most interesting and well thought out analogies for staying on God’s path. Thank you for clearing a way forward in my thinking on this! Please will you write again in future?

    Thanks, Terry. I lived in California most of my life, now in Arizona. I thought I knew most of the history of these two states, but I’ve never heard this story. It’s a good illustration of where we should place our faith.

    I appreciate the very fitting analogy to help us along the right path to bring honor and glory to Jesus’ name. This is a time filled with deception and your devotional calls us to discern perfectly through the Holy Spirit. Be blessed.

    Thanks for a good and true word this morning Terry. A friend and l were just discussing this topic yesterday and how off course the world has become as more and more choose to follow the shifting path of man’s way rather than God’s.

    Greetings Terry,
    Thank you for this devotional today. You have written a very good reminder to us to follow the right path and adhere strictly to the way our Lord has planned for us. Blessings for this very mindful message.

    Good Morning, Terry,
    Your devotional this morning was definitely a very good reminder and a good way to start this Labor Day.
    Thank you

    Did you ever hit the nail on the head! Your meditation helped me to see how easy (especially in these days) it can be to shuffle along, blindly, thinking “I’m okay, you’re okay!”
    But daily study and meditation teaches us otherwise, and the blessing is transformation, by the power of the Holy Spirit!
    Thanks, may God bless you in whatever ministry you’re called to.
    (BC Canada)

    Good morning, Terry,
    Interesting piece of history about the plank road in the desert and the shifting sands. Great analogy to our faith and a reminder to build our house on solid ground. Your examples definitely make it clear that we need to follow His Word and keep on the right path. As I pray your prayer today, help me to stay in God’s light and follow his ways.
    May you continue to encourage others with your thoughts and ideas. May God continue to bless you. Thanks for sharing.

    Thank you, Terry, for your devotion today. When I was a little girl in the early ‘30s, my pastor Daddy was sent to a tiny logging town. We had plank roads, and that was very loud as the trucks came down from the hills with their loads of trees to dump in the mill pond. The mill closed down and no more trucks. Daddy had a good sense of humor and once in awhile at Sunday dinner he would say, “My but was a noisy offering today.” We children had to go to our personal tithe offering boxes in his desk drawer and take our few pennies and nickels for the Sunday School offering Lots of memories and I have many. God bless you.

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